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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 4)
1.Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point5916White Mountains
2.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur5502White Mountains
3.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains
4.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette5260White Mountains
5.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain4839Adirondack Mountains
6.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome4832White Mountains
7.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain4626Adirondack Mountains
8.Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope4298Adirondack Mountains
9.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain4190Catskill Mountains
10.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid4180White Mountains
11.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain4050Catskill Mountains
12.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome3990Catskill Mountains
13.Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain3881Adirondack Mountains
14.West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain3862Adirondack Mountains
15.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain3850Catskill Mountains
16.BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain3835Green Mountains
17.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain3710Catskill Mountains
17.GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope3710Green Mountains
19.Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain3704Adirondack Mountains
20.Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope3691Adirondack Mountains
21.Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain3615Adirondack Mountains
22.Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak3435Green Mountains
23.Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range3376Adirondack Mountains
24.Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak3366Green Mountains
25.Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain3258Adirondack Mountains
26.Big BranchVermontMount Tabor3061Green Mountains
27.Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak2941Green Mountains
28.Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain2923Adirondack Mountains
29.Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled Mountain2906White Mountains
30.George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw Mountain2618Green Mountains
31.Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh Mountain2556Adirondack Mountains
32.Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond Peak2463Adirondack Mountains
33.Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High Point2359Adirondack Mountains
34.William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain2333Adirondack Mountains
35.Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain2325Green Mountains
36.Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak2274Adirondack Mountains
37.PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak2172Adirondack Mountains
38.Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point1910Allegheny Plateau
39.Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point1155Allegheny Plateau
40.Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak405New England Upland
41.Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point290Mid-Atlantic Highlands
42.MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point210New England Upland
43.Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point47Mid-Atlantic Highlands
44.MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point35Mid-Atlantic Highlands
45.BrigantineNew JerseyBrigantine Refuge High Point13Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain

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List Description

Wilderness areas are large tracts of land where resource extraction, roads, structures, and motors of any kind are forbidden. The only intrusion of man permitted is foot travel and low-impact camping. They represent the last sanctuaries of the primeval world left in our developed country, and most of them are in the high mountains.

This list shows the highest points in designated Wilderness Areas in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. These include the federally designated Wilderness Areas on National Forest and Wildlife Refuge land, plus the New York state Department of Conservation Wilderness Areas in the Adirondacks and Catskills. These two ranges are unique in the US in being managed by a state agency, not a federal one, and the state wildernesses are functionally equivalent to the federal ones. So it made sense to include their high points on this list.

Note that the boundaries of many Wilderness Areas are indistinct and not always shown accurately on topographic maps. In addition, many Wilderness high points are "liners" or "slope points" located where a boundary is excluding a summit area that has road or tower development. So finding the exact point for many of these summits may be difficult, and being sure of reaching them may require independent research. In some cases, where a wilderness boundary came very close to a prominent undeveloped summit, that summit is assumed to be the wilderness high point even if the official boundary may be a few feet away.

 


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